FlagCoat of arms Capital Largest city Official language(s) Government Head of State Governor-General Prime Minister Wellington Auckland English, M ā ori Constitutional monarchy Queen Elizabeth II Ананд Сатьянанд Helen Clark
Independence (From the U. K.) Area Total Water (%) Population Currency September 26, ,680 km² 2.1% 4,107,883 New Zealand dollar
Geography A satellite image of New Zealand. Lake Taupo and Mount Ruapehu are visible in the centre of the North Island.
The highest peak of the Southern Alps is Aoraki /Mount Cook/, at 3,754 metres. Aoraki /Mount Cook/ is the tallest mountain in New Zealand.
Auckland at night, with the Sky Tower in the background.
Flora and fauna Because of its long isolation from the rest of the world, and its island biogeography New Zealand has extraordinary flora and fauna. About 80 percent of the New Zealand flora only occurs in New Zealand.
The kea, an inquisitive mountain bird. The hoiho (yellow eyed penguin), is one of the worlds rarest penguins and can be found in coastal regions on the South East of the South Island. The wood pidgeon, a large greyish green bird in most lowland forested areas of New Zealand. The worlds only flightless parrot - the kakapo..
The tui, recognised by a white tuft under their throat and their metallic blue green colour. The Kiwi, a New Zealand emblem. This flightless bird sleeps by day and you can hear it call in the bush at night. The best palce to see these birds is at a zoo or wildlife park.
The Kakariki is undoubtedly New Zealand's most well known parrot especially in captivity. They have distinctive calls which sound like "ki-ki-ki" and spend a lot of the day chattering to each other. The highly endagered Blue Duck is not only unique to New Zealand but also unique among other waterfowl. It appears unrelated to any duck elsewhere in the world and many of its habits are peculiar to the species.
1. New Zealand consists of _______ islands. a) 1 b) 2 c) 3 2. The climate in New Zealand is a) warm and wet b) cold and dry c) warm and dry 3. The national emblem of New Zealand is a) emu b) coala c) kiwi
4. The capital of New Zealand is a)Auckland b)Christchurch c)Wellington 5. The population of New Zealand is over ______ million people. a) 2 b) 3 c) 4 6. There are __political parties in New Zealand. a) 1 b) 2 c) 3 7. The Maoris had lost sovereignty to Britain in a)1900 b) 1800 c) 1840
8. New Zealand is a) C onstitutional monarchy b) Parliamentary monarchy c) Republic 9. New Zealand got Independence (from the U. K.) in a) October, 1907 b) September, 1907 c) December, C urrency of New Zealand is a) pound b) dollar c) euro